Posted by pharmaguapa
The fabulous Hope for Romanian Strays guest blogger Don has vanished! Can you find help him? He decided to take a Face-cation (a vacation from Facebook) but we now need him back to help with the charity birthday celebrations! We need your help to keep an eye out for him and share your photos of Don if you “spot” him – perhaps during your own vacation somewhere – being sure to include #WheresDon and the Hope for Romanian Strays logo in your photo too (#wheresdon).
This fun little campaign actually has a more serious side to it – we want to raise awareness of the Hope for Romanian Strays brand as the first part of an awareness campaign for our charity. Hope for Romanian Strays is a small, volunteer run, charity that rescues stray dogs in Romania. The campaign will be rolled out in a couple of stages, with #WheresDon as the first stage. This will be just one of the many initiatives we are launching for our 4th birthday, and was in fact inspired but a few complaints from some very active offline supporters who believe very strongly that the use of gamification and humour are totally inappropriate in the serious world of animal rescue. The fact that many large charity use these techniques successfully appears to be invalid. They do the most amazing work offline I might add and whilst they do not respect the work I do online I certainly respect the work they do offline.
So do you want to help us find Don and get him back in time to help with our birthday celebrations? I hope so! All you have to do is use a tool such as Pizap to photoshop Don into one of your own photos, such as a holiday snap, also add our logo (very important!) and the text #WheresDon. Once you are happy please share away tagging or mentioning the charity. If you like you can also use other relevant hashtags like #animalrescue etc.
Or perhaps if you “can’t find Don” you would prefer to photoshop in one of your own Romanian rescues? That’s fine too as long you include our logo and #WheresDon in the photo!
So please get busy and join the hunt for Don! Let’s see if we can find him and raise some awareness for Hope for Romanian Strays and at the same show that there is room for other ways of raising awareness and funds and that gamification and humour can in fact have a positive impact for a charity. Of course if you would rather just donate money to the charity instead that’s great too – the charity paypal is email@example.com! Just mention #WheresDon when you do so we know that this worked 🙂
Posted by pharmaguapa
Last week I wrote about the hopeless task I faced in trying to find homes for 60 Romanian rescue dogs who were about to lose their shelter. I truly did not think we could save them. I certainly did not think we would be able to find places for the very traumatised ones – who would want to give a traumatised dog a 2nd chance? I thought perhaps we could find a few homes for the sweeter gentle ones. I hoped that through social media we could find those few places and maybe raise enough funds to rescue these poor dogs.
Then the ball started rolling. A few more people joined the group and offered help. All of a sudden we had an offer for 15 places in a shelter in the UK!! My heart stopped – could this really be happening? This would be truly amazing! Sadly hurt ego’s resulted in this offer being withdrawn – we were gutted. But we got back to looking. Slowly more offers poured in. A couple of dogs were offered a place with one shelter and couple more were offered a place with a foster and a few lucky ones got offered forever homes. Now just over one week later we have found places for 32 dogs! I would never in my wildest dreams have thought this possible. I am totally utterly humbled by the out-pouring of offers of help. Thanks to the power of social media we have managed to pull of a near miracle. Thanks to people all over the world pulling together, sharing these dogs photos, posting on their walls, tweeting and ringing around we have managed to save the lives of 32 dogs in less than 10 days.
However in order to make this a total miracle we need to find homes for another 15 dogs and we need to somehow raise funds to cover the cost of transport. The cost per dog is €120 prep fee and then around £150 for the transport. A few dogs have been sponsored or their adopter are paying but for all the rest we have to pay. That is a very large some of money. So again I am hoping that social media can truly bring about this miracle. If by sharing and posting we can find 40 people to sponsor one dog or 80 to sponsor half a dog and if by sharing we could find 15 people who could home one of these dogs than we will truly bring about a miracle. So I ask each and everyone of you to share this post. Donate if you can and let me know if you can help any of these dogs in anyway.
You can donate via Youcaring here or via paypal to me: firstname.lastname@example.org (and if you are donating for a specific dog please let me know.
Dogs that still need homes are listed below. Please share for them!